Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Screaming Females, Barenaked Ladies, Marilyn Monroe, Gillian Welch

I was hoping that title would get your attention.

Screaming Females will be at The Bike Lot on the Southside (512 E 8th St, Richmond, VA 23224, 804-232-8086) on Thursday.  No not a bunch of screaming females, though that may happen, but the punk pop band Screaming Females.  The band is generating lots of critical buzz lately.  They'll be on a bill with Zero Boys, Off With Their Heads, Ceremony, Screaming Females and Worn in Red.  Note that they are low on the bill so get there early if you want to catch them.  Doors open at 6 and the cover is $15.  This is the Screaming Females, "Wild", from their album "Castle Talk":



That show is part of the Best Friends Day 10 festival going on around town this weekend with all sorts of aggressive rock.  Here is the link to their web page: http://www.bestfriendsdayrva.com/.

On the complete other end of the rock spectrum is the goofball pop rock of Barenaked Ladies.  In Innsbrook's continuing quest to only book bands who don't have all their original members, the Ladies no longer have founding member and lead singer Steven Page in the band.  He left in 2009 after a number of personal issues.  Doors open at 6, show starts shortly thereafter with openers Jukebox the Ghost.  General admission tickets are $20 at the gate, Gold Circle Seating $40, Skybox $75.  Due to the heat on Thursday, they are letting you bring sealed bottles of plain water into the venue but no coolers.  Here is the Barenaked Ladies' performing "Every Subway Car" live on Canada Day last year.  In honor of Canada Day, everyone be real polite, drink a Moosehead and enjoy a country with no guns and medical care for everyone:


Friday night bring the dust bowl folk of Gillian Welch & David Rawlings to Groovin' in the Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Not sure if there will be an opener.  Gates open at 5:30.  General Admission Lawn tix are $25 in advance, $30 at the gate.  Here's Gillian and David doing one of my favorite songs of her's, "Time (The Revelator)" at the Cambridge Folk Fest in 2004.  If you want to skip the short interview go to the 1:00 mark.  Gotta follow the link HERE because they won't let me embed this one.  Click through.  It's worth it.  The song always gives me goosebumps.

The Beach Boys, or what's left of them, will be at Innsbrook on Saturday night.  Gates will open at 6 PM with an opener TBA.  General Admission- $21.50 in advance, $25 at the gate. Children 10 and under are free in GA.  Gold Circle Seating- $45 in advance only available.  VIP Skybox- $100 in advance online only.  Currently only Mike Love and Bruce Johnston from the classic lineup are in the touring band.  There is talk that they may get together with Brian Wilson and Al Jardine to do something for the band's 50th Anniversary.

I also never miss a chance when talking about the Beach Boys to bring up the strangest configuration of musicians and others I have ever seen on stage.  On July 4th 1985, the Beach Boys performed on JFK Parkway in Philly for a free show for the 4th in front of a few hundred thousand people.  This was also 9 days before Live Aid and many of the musicians who would play Live Aid were already in town.  The Oak Ridge Boys had already joined the BB for a rendition of the old doo-wop song "Come Go With Me".  Christopher Cross joined the band for "Good Vibrations" (tell me they couldn't have worked out a cool version of "Sailing" with BB on backing vocals).  Then out walks freakin' Jimmy Page to play guitar on a version of Little Richard's "Lucille" along with John Stamos (huh?) on drums.  I thought it might be a hallucination caused by too many wine coolers (hey, it was the 80's) but no, it was true.  Later on, we would get Joan Jett on guitar and vocals for "Barbara Ann" along with Mr. T on drums.  I pity the fool who don't like Mr. T on the skins!  HERE's the setlist and you can download it too, if you so desire.

Here's a track from the classic album "Pet Sounds", which once helped get me through a really crappy summer.  This is "God Only Knows", an absolutly beautiful song:


We've got time to check in with Best Music Scenes in Movies courtesy of Moviefone.  Here's the ravishing Marilyn Monroe in "Some Like it Hot" singing "I Wanna Be Loved By You" in a dress that's practically see through.  Hubba hubba!  What a gal!  As an added bonus, you get some classic Jack Lemmon & Tony Curtis.


Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan